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Python – Sort Dictionary ignoring Key
• Last Updated : 04 May, 2020

Sometimes, while working with Python dictionaries, we can have problem in which we need to perform sorting of dictionary elements. This is quite straight forward, but sometimes, we can have certain stray keys, which we don’t wish to alter order while sorting. This works for Python >= 3.6 as keys are ordered in dictionary this version onwards. This can have applications in data domains. Let’s discuss a way in which this task can be performed.

Input : test_dict = {“*-*” : “stray”, 70 : ‘is’}
Output : {“*-*” : “stray”, 70 : ‘is’}

Input : test_dict = {54 : “gfg”, “*-*” : “stray”, 20 : ‘best’}
Output : {20: ‘best’, ‘*-*’: ‘stray’, 54: ‘gfg’}

Method : Using `next() + sorted() + insert()`
The combination of above methods, can be used to solve this problem. In this, we perform sorting using sorted(), insert() is used to insert the stray element at its position and next() is used to get next key in order in case of initial stray key.

 `# Python3 code to demonstrate working of ``# Sort Dictionary ignoring Key``# Using next() + sorted() + insert()`` ` `# initializing dictionary``test_dict ``=` `{``45` `: ``'is'``, ``12` `: ``'gfg'``, ``100` `: ``'best'``, ``             ``"*-*"` `: ``"stray"``, ``150` `: ``'geeks'``, ``120` `: ``'for'``}`` ` `# printing original dictionary``print``(``"The original dictionary is : "` `+` `str``(test_dict))`` ` `# strary key ``stray_key ``=` `'*-*'`` ` `# Sort Dictionary ignoring Key``# Using next() + sorted() + insert()``temp ``=` `next``(idx ``for` `idx, val ``in` `enumerate``(test_dict) ``if` `val ``=``=` `stray_key)``idx ``=` `sorted``(ele ``for` `ele ``in` `test_dict ``if` `ele !``=` `stray_key)``idx.insert(temp, stray_key)``res ``=` `{ele: test_dict[ele] ``for` `ele ``in` `idx}`` ` `# printing result ``print``(``"The dictionary after sorting : "` `+` `str``(res)) `
Output :

The original dictionary is : {45: ‘is’, 12: ‘gfg’, 100: ‘best’, ‘*-*’: ‘stray’, 150: ‘geeks’, 120: ‘for’}

The dictionary after sorting : {12: ‘gfg’, 45: ‘is’, 100: ‘best’, ‘*-*’: ‘stray’, 120: ‘for’, 150: ‘geeks’}

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